Chrome disease, which is also known as Crohn’s disease, is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract of an individual. In this article we will discuss this disease, along with the symptoms, treatment and the diet to be followed by an affected individual.
The gastrointestinal tract is a long passage that begins at the mouth or oral cavity and ends in the anus. This tract is a part of the digestive system, which also consists of organs like the stomach, spleen, pancreas etc. The main function of this vital system is digestion and assimilation of food.
Chrome disease or Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disorder that involves an abnormal immune response against tissues of the intestine. However, the reason behind such an abnormal immune response is not yet clearly understood. This disease is so named in honor of the renowned gastroenterologist Burrill Bernard Crohn, an American who was the first to come across this disease in patients.
Chrome disease is a kind of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and is characterized by inflammation and damage of the intestinal lining. depending on the tissue affected, it is typed as ileitis, granulomatous colitis or enteritis and regional enteritis. Though this disease is particularly known to affect the intestines, it can also affect the mouth and other parts of the human digestive system. This disorder can be quite painful, and can cause a hindrance in one’s routine activities. Sometimes the pain is so excruciating that the person may be unable to even move.
Symptoms of Chrome Disease
Observing the indications of this intestinal problem, exhibited by the body, will help detect the severity and spread of this health disorder. The signs of this disease may range from mild to intense and can also affect a person without any warning. There are also certain phases, where this disease may go into remission, where no symptoms are exhibited.
The symptoms, that are given below, can be noticed only when the disease is in active phase.
- One of the primary symptoms of this chronic intestinal disease is severe abdominal pain, specially in the lower abdominal region, accompanied by cramping. The individual may also experience a feeling of fullness or bloating sensation due to the swelling of the intestines.
- Ulcers in the mouth, similar to canker sores may also develop. The reason for the eruption of mouth sores may be because the ulcers in the intestine may have spread to the oral cavity.
- Blood In stool is also one of the symptoms. Due to internal bleeding from the intestines the person may notice bloody or tarry stools.
- Other symptoms that can be observed in a patient suffering from Crohn’s disease are loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, persistent fever, fatigue and skin disorders, that may take a longer time to heal.
Chrome Disease Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no remedial treatment for this gastrointestinal disease as yet. The treatment provided for this disease can help bring down the inflammation and reduce the severity of this disorder. After conducting the diagnostic tests related to this illness, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, medicines to treat fistulas in the intestine, anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the inflammation, and immunosuppressant drugs to reduce the response of the immune system to the disease.
Sometimes internal bleeding in the intestines may result in anemia. So in order to fight against this health disorder, iron supplements may be prescribed. The doctor may also chalk out a diet plan, that includes foods that can be easily digested by the body. Following this medication and diet regimen will help individuals with Crohn’s disease to lead a near-normal life.
Following the physician’s advice properly and taking care will help reduce the severity of this disorder, and provide relief from the symptoms. To maintain a proper digestive health following a proper diet plan and a routine exercise regimen as well as staying away from alcohol and other vices is essential. Take care!
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.